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Save money! Rent your textbooks next semester!

As someone who constantly is taking classes to make my future brighter and support my family's future, I have to admit that the cost of attending college is enough to get anyone down. Sure, if you pay in-state tuition it doesn't seem that bad. But then there's that day. It occurs once a semester and it involves standing in line to spend hundreds of dollars. Yes, book buying day. One semester in community college I spent $600 on books. It was my biggest college purchase because I generally bought online. This year three of my four classes required brand new editions and that meant big money. I was so utterly depressed dishing out that kind of … [Read more...]

My absence…

I will be returning. I never meant to neglect this blog for so long. Life just gets hectic and there's so much going on right now. I will try to sum it up briefly... Work: I quit my job because of stress and frequent emotional breakdowns. I don't want t admit it, but I don't think I'm cut out for monotonous bullshit where I am underpaid and overworked. I did not feel appreciated at all at my job as a waitress and the area I currently live in was filled with too many assholes that I couldn't handle. School: Because I couldn't find another job, I started back at school. Yes, I wanted to continue my education anyway, but fact of the matter is … [Read more...]

Another Reason to Go Back to School

I think about going back to school a lot now that I have my associate's degree. Starting year 3 at a university seems so very appealing. Though I don't mind waiting tables (it's barely been a week after all), I don't really want to be a waitress forever. Now that I'm actually working again I've remembered that. I had a recent epiphany. You may laugh, scoff, or roll your eyes, but here it is... I applied for food stamps and temporary cash assistance two weeks ago. I've had to apply for food stamps in the past, so that part was easy. I applied for TCS (welfare) out of panic because I was not doing so well in my job search. It was so easy … [Read more...]

Layout Launch & Monday Monotony

I'll have you know this layout took me 4 hours this morning just to look good. And it's not anything like what I designed last night. I had to do tons of cropping and Googling. I'm not even bad with website guts, I just don't work well with Blogger I guess. Anyhow, this will have to do for now. If you're viewing this in a reader please stop by and check it out. It is truly splendid and features a sketch that the boyfriend made for me. :) I just realized, right this moment while uploading that photo for you, that my mouse matches my laptop. Completely unintentional. I guess I was feelin' the color red years ago when I got my Asus. Matching is … [Read more...]

Humanities Day – Womanly Figures

Writing an Essay comparing and contrasting these two lovely ladies: Edouard Manet - Olympia [source] Titian - Venus of Urbino [source] … [Read more...]

Humanities Day – Romantic Landscape Paintings

John Constable - The Hay Wain [source] Thomas Doughty - Romantic Landscape with a Temple [source] John Constable - The Cornfield [source]   I sometimes wish I lived in places that looked like this. Although it's slightly hypocritical as I blog from my fancy computer in the A/C, I wish living so simply surrounded by such beauty was a natural, every day occurrence. I'd even shovel horse shit, seriously. Right now I'm taking my third test in my humanities course. Wish me luck! … [Read more...]

Humanities Day with Breastfeeding!

You know, no one ever comments on these posts... Too serious? Not into art? Feel free to comment and tell me why you think Humanities Day doesn't get as much love as my other posts. I mean, I'll keep doing them because I enjoy them, but if there is a way to make them more exciting for you as a reader please let me know! I am not going to post my two and a half page essay. That would be extremely boring. Our assignment was to write on anything from the Renaissance to 1900. I sifted through 400 years of art and what I really wanted to write about was the "Allegory of Charity", but when I began my paper a few days ago I thought the Baroque … [Read more...]

Humanities Saturday

Today I am going to take my first exam in my humanities class. I love humanities, especially philosophy. The class I am taking is focused on the Enlightenment and Romanticism era, and so a good majority so far has been on art. For this week's entry, I'm going to post my study guide questions and some answers I've come up with. These posts are meant to pass on knowledge to you, in case you are as fascinated by these aspects of our history as I am. What are some of the characteristics of the baroque style in Italy? Photo from Wikipedia. The baroque style was encouraged by the Roman Catholic church which decided that art should reflect … [Read more...]

Looking Forward to the Weekend

I changed my layout, finally. The temporary one was simple and cute for what I could throw together in a few minutes, but I decided to spend a little more time on it this morning. The picture below is a image I made for my blog's Facebook profile. If you're viewing this in a reader, click on it to go to the main page and check out the new look! In other news, I think I'm prepared for my tests in the morning. I scheduled a Humanities Day post so be prepared to learn stuff tomorrow. It's intense, just telling you in advance. I can't help it though, I really do love humanities. (Although I do wish it wasn't all worded so plainly... sometimes I … [Read more...]